School of Social and Political Science

Our Students and Teaching


The Centre of African Studies offers interdisciplinary and research-led teaching on Africa and on international development. We seek to contribute to collective efforts to centre African voices, theorizing and experiences in understanding Africa and the contemporary world.

Within the Centre of African Studies, we offer four MSc programmes and two PhD programmes. We teach over 20 courses across postgraduate and undergraduate degree programmes, both for our on-campus students in Edinburgh and for our online students around the world. These courses cover a wide range of topics of critical importance to understanding contemporary Africa, including migration, work, gender, race, natural resources, conflict, justice, religion, enterprise, economic development, technological innovation, and media. Students in our programmes come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and geographic areas. Our MSc cohorts consistently includes students from every continent of the world.   

Our large and diverse PhD student cohort conduct cutting-edge research across Africa as part of a lively research community.

Alumni of our programmes have gone on to a wide range of exciting careers including jobs in international organisations, development agencies, government departments, consultancy firms, international business, social enterprises, NGOs, civil society groups, media and academia.